Stuck in a fitness rut, BAZAAR’s International Correspondent of the Arts & Culture is back on home turf and has made it her mission to try as many workout classes as feasibly possible in a last ditch attempt at a bikini body for summer sixteen. Cue Flycycle.
Riding the indoor cycling wave across the Atlantic, Flycycle is Malaysia’s equivalent to the New York based SoulCycle, a company that has filed for a $100 million IPO on the NYSE, with 85 locations open in the United States. Spinning classes have never really appealed to me as I have typically associated them with Lance Armstrong-esque quads (which I don’t think look very cute in short, flirty summer dresses) but I had practically eaten for two and the idea of potentially burning 700 calories in 45 minutes sounded almost too good to be true.
Braving the pre-iftar traffic, I made my way to the Verve in Mont Kiara for a 7:45pm class and was greeted by someone who could have easily been a male model. We were ushered into the dark, cool studio with our special cleats and given instructions on how to adjust the bikes and clip our feet into the pedals. The instructor whipped off her top and with her 6 pack out in full glory the class began… and I wished it went on for longer. My legs were worked like a hamster’s in a wheel for the entirety of the class and the arm movements that were incorporated had me feeling that with every bicep curl I was being transformed into Gwyneth Paltrow.
I was able to corner the co-founder Jason Choong by the snack table in the reception (go for the goji berry flavoured granola) and he helped to dispel my fears that I would wake up the following morning with bulked up legs. He explained that cycling with cleats helps to activate the glute muscles and actually promotes the creation of long, lean muscles.
To put my newfound love for spinning into context, I am flying back to London on Sunday and have booked a class every day until I leave. I would highly recommend trying Flycycle for an intense full-body cardio workout that goes beyond the confines of a conventional gym.